Trial date set for man accused of shooting two Tulsa police officers

Trial date set for man accused of shooting two Tulsa police officers
Sept. 8, 2020 - David Ware, the man accused of shooting two Tulsa police officers, is escorted out of court after his appearance on Tuesday. (FOX23)

TULSA, Okla. — The man accused of shooting two Tulsa police officers will go before a judge in June of 2021. David Ware appeared in court this morning where he was given a trial date of June 7th, 2021. Ware is facing the death penalty, according to court records filed in Tulsa County district court.

Tulsa police Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan were shot by David Ware during a June 29 traffic stop, prosecutors allege.

Johnson died from his injuries and Zarkeshan is still recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.

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Ware is charged with several crimes, including first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. He has pleaded not guilty in the case.

“The defendant fired multiple rounds at Officer Zarkenshan and Sgt. Johnson creating a great risk of death to them both,” Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler wrote in court documents.

Kunzeiler also said the murder of Johnson was cruel and committed in order to avoid arrest.

Matthew Hall, who police say helped Ware leave the scene, is charged with accessory to murder.

Hall is scheduled to be in court for his trial on January 4th, 2021, according to court records.